Kingdom Association of Convenant Pastors

The Easter season is upon us. In the liturgical calendar, the seven Sundays after Easter are reserved for the resurrection. This Easter was electric and many of you have reported that it was a time of great excitement. I really believe God is doing a new thing and we are beholding a massive shift in the paradigms we known. An awakening is beginning and we must rise to the occasion, helping to open the eyes of those who desperately want to see.

I must admit I am excited about what I see. I am challenged to be the pastor that understands the times and ministers accordingly. I have the desire to employ my resources to make me competent and I have the faith to stay confident. This is God's church and we are God’s servants. I am sure that you feel the Easter excitement. The resurrection reminds of the unconquerable Christ. Even death failed at the attempt and because He lives we live.

In July, we are readying for our time together and our Opportunity to grow and below. I am hoping that you will bring your members and leaders to the annual meeting so that as one church we can hear the message God has for us. We have a dynamic program and it will offer us a dialogue with great minds and leaders. Many of our members have made friends at other churches and this is a time for those relationships to be renewed. The website carries all the information about the meeting and the hotels that are available. I look forward to the time we spend each year and cherish the relationship I am developing with each of you.

Register now, letting us know who is coming and how many so we can be prepared upon arrival. Let's make this the best conference yet. Sign up for the Golf Tournament on Monday and enjoy the week in "BMore!"

See you in July!


From The Bishop

Pastors, I hope this note finds everyone doing well. The season of Christmas is here and the commemoration of the birth of Jesus is the height of our celebration. I am thanking God for another year and for the opportunity to once again reflect upon the birth of my savior and the gift of God given to change our lives. There is no gift that matches what god has done in Jesus. Mary and Joseph traveled over a dusty road and winding path to get to the place where his birth was prophesied. They have to make a journey, one marked by suffering and pain.

God brought Jesus into the world through the basement door. He comes into the world through the pain, suffering, humiliation, and embarrassment of his parents. He is truly acquainted with grief as it starts with the announcement of his birth. Mary and Joseph had no idea that they were playing a role ion the plan of God. They thought God was in their plan. He wanted his son born in this fashion so that no one could ever say that he did not understand their pain. He knows all and feels all.

The Christmas season is about God feeling what we face, God knowing what we face, God experiencing what we face, God enduring what we face, God resolving what we face, and God liberating us from what we face. This story is not about a baby who does miracles; rather is  about a child who grows up in the challenge, takes on the challenge, and then wins the challenge on Calvary. It is a victory over time. Some of us need to embrace that truth today. God is going to give us victory over time. We may not see it today, but it is coming. In the fullness of time, the baby reached maturity and manhood and when he did he challenged life until it fell prostrate before him. This is the message of Christmas; let’s tell it everywhere we have opportunity.

Don’t forget our retreat in January. It will be off the chain and you will be blessed. We are looking at Spiritual Direction and I am sure we will be steadied by these sessions. Call the office of our General Secretary, Dr. Curtis, if you have questions.

Let me end by wishing to each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


From The Bishop

It seems like just yesterday we were preparing for summer and all of the activities it brings. Now, schools have resumed, vacations have ended, and everyone is back at work and in the saddle of ministry. I marvel at how fast the years go by. It seems like we jump from January to June and then race on to December.

In the midst of this hectic pace, we are called to grow and to help people grow into the likeness of Christ; this is our mission. Out of the realization of that, we become aware of the unique calling God has for each and every one of us. 

This year’s KACP Conference was intended to spur growth and to awaken each of us to our potential in Christ. The session and workshops were designed to cause us to think outside the box and to believe that new and amazing things could begin to happen. I truly believe the church is being challenged to be far more creative in presenting the gospel. We are called to let the world see and know Christ. In order to do that, we must fire the ovens of creativity and bake new ideas and projects. 

As we move into fall, let’s make creativity a centerpiece of the ministry. Let the leaders in exercises of creativity make sure that the fire is still burning. 

Finally, let me remind you to download the Periscope app. Each weekday I do a broadcast on Periscope at 9:30 a.m. and I would love to have you be a part of it. Over 2,000 people share this broadcast daily. Be sure to download it and follow us. You can read our information on the app and become aware of all we are doing.

Pastors, don’t forget the Retreat. It will take place on January 11–13, 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, Florida. Let’s continue to make a difference.


In just a few weeks we will gather for the 10th Anniversary of KACP! I must admit I am excited about seeing each of you and hearing the stories of your churches' growth and transitions over the past 10 years. It seems like just yesterday we gathered at the Baltimore Arena to inaugurate our organization. Now our churches are stronger, our pastors are better prepared, and we are making advances for the kingdom.

We are known as a fellowship that trains and develops; that is our strength and our focus. We develop churches and church leaders to model the kingdom and to be strong, evangelistic centers calling people to life in Christ. Each year, men and women seek out our fellowship to become better in the office God has assigned them. I hope you have already made your plans to be in Baltimore to share this awesome time together. Our theme is “Dreaming Big Dreams!” and each church is going to be stretched as we look at what is possible for us to do. We will look at finances, worship, ministry and leadership, so plan to join us for this special time. 

Monday will open with a Golf Tournament; it is almost fully booked, so reserve your spot now! We will also host a 10th Anniversary Gala Reception on Monday. Tickets are available here; only a limited number are available, so plan to be in the number for a great evening. We start work on Tuesday morning with major sessions and workshops, and then on Tuesday night, Bishop’s Night, we will hold an awesome worship service. We hope to pack the church that night and let the saints know we are in the house.  On Wednesday, we will share classes and workshops during the day and Dr. Gina Stewart will close the conference for us that night.

We are a great organization encouraging the hearts of many. I know these are difficult times, but in this fellowship you find support and have the opportunity to meet others who are doing big things. Sign up today and get ready to start Dreaming Big Dreams!


To Our Pastors

This has been a trying time for those of us who live in Baltimore. In fact, our problems have opened the wound that many have in other cities. It is the wound of feeling excluded from the fulfillment of the American dream and it is made clear to us each day in the way we are dealt with by the police. The problem in our city erupted over the death of a 25-year-old African American male. As if we had not seen this movie in theaters across the country, now it had come to our city to play out for all to see. One moment, a young man was standing on a corner healthy, and, after an encounter with the police, he was hospitalized with injuries from which he later died. The Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide.

Last week, following his funeral, our city erupted in riot and chaos. Stores were looted and some were even burned. It was a terrible time in our city. A State of Emergency was declared, troops were stationed, and the governor set up office in the city. Yet, the unrest was not quelled by a show of force, it was managed by elected officials, like Congressman Elijah Cummins, and clergy, who said we feel your pain and will listen and carry your message. The clergy rallied over 500 strong to lift our voices, and, on Thursday night, we petitioned God to "save our city and give us another chance." Indeed, God heard our cry. On Friday morning, the State Attorney's statement turned us from a city on the brink to a city on a hill. Today, our Mayor announced changes that are being made and efforts that will make our city more open and more united.

We have a long way to go, so pray for our strength in the Lord and pray for the communities that are hoping for serious change.

Let me also thank each and every one of you for your encouragement during the 40th Anniversary celebration. It seems so strange to talk about 40 years of ministry, yet that is what God has given. I enjoy this service and I enjoy watching persons reach their potential and experiencing the joy attached to that.

We, too, are celebrating a great moment-10 years of witness for KACP. When the pastors and leaders came together to form this organization a little over 10 years ago we had no idea that we would be putting a stamp on a ministry of excellence that so many others would seek to emulate. Through the crises of the past years, our churches have been able to navigate the stressors and keep their churches open for those who need a word from the Lord. That is a mission of KACP; we seek to develop strong leadership and healthy practices that empower churches to be bright lights in the kingdom.

This year's conference will highlight this effort; our theme is "Dreaming Big Dreams!" I really believe that the church is called to get out of the box and do what others only talk about. It has been said that the church lags society by at least 20 years, but what we are advancing is the idea that we need to set the trend and call for others to follow. Our conference will start on Monday, first with a Golf Tournament and then in the evening we will have our 10th Anniversary Reception right here at New Psalmist. Tuesday and Wednesday will be jam-packed with useful information that will help each church rise to new levels. I will preach Tuesday night and Dr. Gina Stewart will preach Wednesday night. You have to be here, as it will revolutionize your church! Pastors, leaders, and members are all invited. The registration form is on the website. Register Now!

I am excited about what will be happening, so plan now to be a part of this major move of God.


<
>

KACP 2018 has officially concluded! To everyone that joined us for this time of celebration, we hope this week was… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- July 19, 2018, 8:15 pm

"However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." KACP 2… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- July 19, 2018, 6:30 pm

#KACPreset2018 pic.twitter.com/ilMCXP901o
- July 19, 2018, 5:15 pm

We are being blessed by Reverend Myesha Cougar Watson! #KACPreset2018 pic.twitter.com/zYoCii0HPV
- July 19, 2018, 4:32 pm

This week of celebration at #KACP has been ground breaking and the celebration is continuing as Bishop Paul Morton… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- July 19, 2018, 2:43 pm

@sirwaltermack is blessing us today at @KingdomAssoc. The season is upon us to learn to Celebrate and become empowe… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- July 18, 2018, 3:04 pm

RT @dwaynedebnam: KACP2018 pscp.tv/w/bh5vxDExMzA4…
- July 18, 2018, 2:26 pm

RT @Oteliasmith: John 10:10 "Its time to start living and stop dying!" @BishopWSThomas #NPBC #KACP2018 pic.twitter.com/KyNqBhm0AI
- July 18, 2018, 2:26 pm

RT @AJAGRadio: SHIFT!!!!! #KACP2018 — at New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD facebook.com/693548748/post…
- July 18, 2018, 2:25 pm

RT @CarlaDebnam: Blessed in song by #TriniMassie #trust #kacp2018
- July 18, 2018, 2:25 pm

RT @MAWordsoffire: #npbc pic.twitter.com/ZGkIxeB9Tt
- July 18, 2018, 2:25 pm

RT @1whoprays4you: Jesus is here for a purpose; to correct what we messed up. We lost life in the garden; He came to restore our lives. @Bi…
- July 18, 2018, 2:25 pm

RT @RevNBrooks: We are living in a day and age that not matter where you travel we can find “dead preachers” and even more discouraging we…
- July 18, 2018, 2:24 pm

RT @1whoprays4you: The only power that can transfer despair into destiny is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. @BishopWSThomas @NewPsalmis…
- July 18, 2018, 2:24 pm

RT @autrese: Let the impossibility of becoming possible guide your life. #kacp2018
- July 18, 2018, 2:24 pm

RT @pastorwinfrey: @DrDwightRiddick @BishopWSThomas and me hanging out after hearing Bishop preach a powerful word #kacp2018 @ New Psalmist…
- July 18, 2018, 2:24 pm

RT @pastorwinfrey: Hanging out with Bruh beloved @OdellExec learning how to look good while serving God! #kacp2018 @ New Psalmist Baptist C…
- July 18, 2018, 2:24 pm

RT @RevNBrooks: Church Leadership: If you walk around looking defeated so will the rest of your team... #kacp2018
- July 18, 2018, 2:23 pm

RT @CarlaDebnam: We have to check and see if our church is stuck or unstuck and unfreeze the church #SirWalterMack #KACP2018 @KingdomAssoc
- July 18, 2018, 2:23 pm

Food, fun and fellowship last night at the KACP2018 Crab Feast! We look forward to seeing you Tonight @NewPsalmist.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- July 17, 2018, 9:30 pm